The Multi-Country Research Fellowship enables US scholars to carry out trans-regional and comparative research in countries across the network of Overseas Research Centers as well as other countries. The fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities, social sciences, and allied natural sciences for US doctoral candidates, who are all but dissertation, and scholars who have earned their PhD. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or as teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the US, at least one of which must host a participating Overseas Research Center. Approximately nine awards of $12,000 each will be awarded. Funding is provided by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Each year the highest ranking Multi-Country Fellowship applicant will receive an additional $1,000 toward travel expenses through the Mary Ellen Lane Multi-Country Travel Award. The award is named after CAORC's founding director, Dr. Mary Ellen Lane. 

This fellowship is currently accepting applications with a deadline of December 8, 2022.


The CAORC - National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship provides the opportunity for scholars to spend significant time in one country with an ORC as a research base. The fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities for US scholars who hold a PhD (and also foreign national scholars who have been resident in the US for at least three years). Approximately three awards will be granted and fellowship stipends are $5,000 per month for four to six consecutive months. This program is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) under the Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). 

The next call for applications will launch on September 6, 2022 with a deadline of January 19, 2023.


In addition to CAORC Fellowships, each Overseas Research Center (ORC) offers fellowships, grants, and language and cultural programs specific to its region. Click on the link below to browse the summary list.


Please note: The list is intended as a reference; ORCs may offer additional opportunities (i.e. publication awards, workshops, etc.) not listed here. Always check with the ORC directly for the most current information.


To view a list of current and past CAORC fellows, click the button below.

Alumni ambassador program

CAORC has launched an ambassador program as part of a new initiative for alumni activities. The ambassador program involves former fellows of the CAORC research fellowships giving talks at their current institutions about their experience carrying out the fellowship as well as their research. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.